Yavapai Lodge, Restaurant and Tavern on the Grand Canyon's South Rim

Sleep in a forest of ponderosa pine trees near Grand Canyon's South Rim.
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Pine trees on the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Pine trees on the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Reservations for Yavapai Lodge East and West
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If you are looking for convenience and a reasonably priced room, consider Yavapai Lodge located about a mile from the South Rim. While the Yavapai Lodge’s roots are not as deep as nearby El Tovar Hotel, which opened in 1905, they have a fascinating, little-known history.

The lodge is part of the tremendous National Park Service building boom that started in 1955 in preparation for the 50-year anniversary of the park service in 1966. Called Mission 66, it was a 10-year program focused on building more park infrastructure, including lodging and visitor centers, to accommodate the flood of tourists driving to the parks post-World War II. To complete projects faster and cheaper, the park service constructed buildings using a streamlined modern style, led by Thomas Chalmers Vint, park director of design and construction.

Yavapai Lodge West

Yavapai Lodge (West).

Yavapai Lodge West. 

At Yavapai Lodge, visitors can stay in a section of the lodge built during that era. Composed of 160 rooms equipped with fans, the style is reminiscent of old Route 66 motels.

The lodge stands out in that it has one building with 16 pet-friendly rooms, a major convenience for hotel travelers traveling with their four-legged friends.

Yavapai Lodge East

Yavapai Lodge East. Courtesy photo

Yavapai Lodge East. 

Beyond, the lodge offers modern rooms in six two-story buildings where you can cool off in air conditioning and get your caffeine fix, thanks to an in-room coffee maker.

Leave Your Car Behind

The best part of the lodge may be that you can leave your car behind. Catch a free shuttle to the Grand Canyon’s best attractions and never compete for a parking spot. When you return, kick back and relax away from the bustle of the crowds.

At Yavapai Lodge, you can dine at the restaurant on the property and walk across the street to Market Plaza to get much-needed supplies or grab-and-go meals.

“Our improved restaurant services include the only outdoor patio service area in Grand Canyon National Park," says Dan Lyle, general manager of Delaware North at Grand Canyon. "Imagine enjoying an outdoor dinner or drink under the stars or next to our fire pit with your group of friends and family at Yavapai Lodge.”

Yavapai Tavern

Grab a Drink or a Bite to Eat

Yavapai Tavern. Courtesy photo

Yavapai Tavern 

With wine and local beer on tap, the renovated Yavapai Tavern is a great place to relax after a day on the South Rim. But don’t miss the renovated Yavapai Lodge Restaurant for a Southwestern-inspired dinner or to start your day off with a great breakfast; visitgrandcanyon.com.

Canyon Village Deli

Get Sandwiches to Go

The Canyon Village Deli. Photo courtesy Delaware North

The Canyon Village Deli. 

Stop at Canyon Village Market across from the lodge in the morning to pick up freshly made deli sandwiches. Put them in your backpack and have a picnic at one of the park’s dramatic overlooks; visit grandcanyon.com/dining-and-shopping/canyon-village-market-deli.

Canyon Village Market Store

Purchase Gear and Souvenirs

Clothing and souvenirs at the Canyon Village Market. Photo courtesy Delaware North

Clothing and souvenirs at the Canyon Village Market. 

At Canyon Village Market, you can purchase hiking gear, camping equipment, souvenirs and groceries. Next door send a postcard at the post office. You’ll find the park’s only bank in this complex, too; visit grandcanyon.com/dining-and-shopping/canyon-village-market-deli.

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